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Gmail vs. Hotmail

I have a paid Hotmail account. I've just opened a free Gmail account which seems to give me equal (i.e. "practically infinite") storage space and a more useful set of tools for keeping track of my email communication. Most importantly, the folks at Google have explicitly adopted the "with plentiful free storage, you might as well save everything and use Google to search your commodius inbox when you need to find a particular message" apporach.

Does anybody here hold any articulate and/or passionate positions on the topic of Hotmail vs Gmail?



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Jul. 23rd, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
I have a free Hotmail account, which I've used for years. It's convenient in an expedient way... I prefer it to Yahoo and most of the other "free" emails, and it looks a little snazzier with the upgrade, now. I've also hooked it up to Outlook Express, where I download my VIP emails and take them off the Hotmail server occasionally (though I don't need to now with the expanded space, it used to stop receiving mail if it got full). I use the Hotmail account for almost all of my online dealings, particularly things that may result in spam. I figure, if it gets out of control, I can always delete the account and start over. But I've had the account for years and haven't had that many problems with it; the filters are fair. Only issue I've ever had is that some people block Hotmail or do not allow freemail accounts membership to discussion groups (though I've had more issues with AOL and Yahoo emails bouncing and spamming than any others with my groups).

I also have a GMail account, and that is what I use primarily. I enjoy the format and I do dump the trash and spam every day, even though I don't have to. I use a GMail account as my owner address for one of my bigger email discussion lists so I can archive the digests, and it's great for that, I just go in once a week, label and archive the digests and dump everything else. It also provides an admin address that isn't my personal address. Since we've moved a lot over the years I have never really used our ISP email with regularity, and only use our domain email for professional things to avoid spam. So GMail is my daily default, and I like that I can label and archive things. The only thing I do not like about GMail is that if you email someone they are automatically addded to your contacts, which means weeding out the contact list periodically.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm still using Yahoo mail as my primary, even though it sucks in various ways. I use Gmail for an active mailing list, and find the way it tracks threads very helpful. I haven't used Hotmail. I'd like to put in a plug here for Google because of Google Calendar, which you already have access to since you've set up a Google account. It's the best calendar function I've yet seen, and has me hardly using my Palm calendar anymore. You can view friends'/family's events on the same calendar as your own, in different colors, pick which ones you want visible at a given moment, and add one to your own events with a click. You can send invitations to an event you create, right from the event creation screen. You can drag an event from one day or time to another. If you put an address in for an event, you automatically have a Google Maps link for it. It's particularly fantastic for coordinating poly social schedules and large households (like mine, with nine people going on eleven). It's still in beta, so not well documented yet, and the one tricky bit, IMHO, is the process for allowing a friend to view your calendar, and getting to see theirs (two steps each way).
Jul. 23rd, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
I personally hate hotmail. I hate the interface, I hate the over-the-top graphics that take forever to load, and I hate Microsoft.

I've had a Gmail account for two years, and I still haven't adopted as my main email account, largely because of the obnoxious threading thing. Like, it totally butchers Livejournal comments. All anonymous comments get threaded into one category, because they (generally) have the same subject and sender. I have used various Yahoo mail accounts for almost everything for the entirety of this millennium and some years of the preceding one.

I guess I'm not particularly articulate, but I'm definitely passionate. I dislike them both, but between the two I'd definitely prefer Gmail. Do you have anything against Yahoo? Besides that whole arresting Chinese dissidents thing. Jesus all three companies disgust me so much. I guess ideally, if I were starting over, I'd just use one of those independent free webmail places that popped up like seven or eight years ago. You never know how long those are going to last though.
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
No problems with gmail, though in the two or so years I've been using it I have barely used the web interface, opting for Microsoft Outlook.
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